09 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

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Near Valentine’s Day this year,
I gave play and extra grocery
money to refugee assistance in the USA,
on the road, in the sea and under fire. 
Food tastes better and clothes fit well—
Hearts opened on my Valentines this year.

Near Valentine’s Day this year,
I sorted through over-abundance
of books, clothes and bedding and gave
away barely-used long-preserved treasures.
Food tastes better and space is wider—
Hearts opened on my Valentines this year.

Near Valentine’s Day this year,
I rediscovered buried skills teaching
writing that I would enjoy volunteering
so others can achieve long-term goals.
Food tastes better and I smile more—
Heart is open on my Valentines this year.

Near Valentine’s Day this year,
my love became more than sending
cards that please family and friends—
it became joy and joy became health.
Food tastes better and I am cooking—
Heart’s open on my Valentines this year.

Near Valentine’s Day this year,
I forged beyond commercial cuteness
to love more and better and raise hope
that we CAN heal the heart of democracy.
Food tastes better and living is prayer—
Heart’s open on my Valentines this year.




My blog poems are rough drafts.
Please respect my copyright.

© 2017 Susan L. Chast





3 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Now THAT is a Valentines Day I can get behind. Wonderful, Susan, and inspiring. We all have Too Much Stuff! I certainly feel it, especially as I live in one room. Smiles.

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for a new and beautiful way of looking at Valentines Day

annell said...

What a beautiful Valentine! Thank you.